Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: 1,330 yards, 13 touchdowns, 526 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns
There’s no written way to describe how far ahead Jackson is. He’s putting up numbers at a ridiculous pace. Jackson scored seven touchdowns this week against Marshall. That puts his total this year at 25 total touchdowns. He has scored more than all but four FBS teams by himself. It would take an enormous collapse for him to drop a spot. Next week, Jackson leads the Cardinals into Clemson to face the Tigers.
J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State: 650 yards, 10 touchdowns, 159 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns
Barrett had a bye in Week 4. The Buckeyes host Rutgers next week, and Barrett should make up for his lack of production in Week 4.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: 436 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns
McCaffrey had a solid game against UCLA. He ran for 138 yards, but didn’t score. McCaffrey’s biggest deterrent is the fact he doesn’t find the end zone much. If this trend continues, he will not be close to winning the award. The performances from Jackson will keep him away from hoisting the trophy. Stanford has a marquee matchup against Washington next week. This will be a huge stage for McCaffrey to impress.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: 996 yards, nine touchdowns
Watson has a slow start to the 2016 season but is showing signs of his 2015 form. Watson willed the Tigers to victory against Georgia Tech in their conference opener. He threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns. Watson has been ineffective running the ball this season. He’s ran for 120 yards and no touchdowns. He ran for 1,105 yards and 12 scores in 2015. Clemson faces Louisville on Saturday in a must-watch game.
Seth Russell, QB, Baylor: 1,148 yards, 13 touchdowns
Russell is back in the Heisman Watch after a hiatus because of a back injury. The injury ended his 2015 season. Russell threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns against Oklahoma State on Saturday. He torched the Cowboys’ secondary with the deep ball. Baylor is a top-40 team when it comes to yards per attempt, which means the Bears love to air it out. Baylor plays Iowa State, and Russell has the opportunity to climb the Heisman ladder.
Oklahoma State’s top candidate
Mason Rudolph, QB: 1,296 yards; six touchdowns
Rudolph showed in Week 4 why he shouldn’t be a Heisman candidate. Rudolph threw for 279 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. He is far behind Russell, who is far behind Jackson. Rudolph won’t be winning the Heisman this year.